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Celebrate National Public Gardens Day with Us

Friday is National Public Gardens Day, a great excuse to get out there and enjoy our local green spaces. In Los Angeles we have a wealth of fantastic public gardens that appeal to plant geeks and relaxation seekers alike—including Robert Irwin’s Central Garden at the Getty Center and the herb and peristyle gardens of the Getty Villa. See a list of L.A. public gardens below for other great destinations.

Visit us on Friday to enjoy special menu items, a discount on garden items in the Museum Stores, and free “Getty Gardener’s Perspective” tours, led by our amazingly knowledgeable and personable gardeners. Tours start at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. at the Getty Center and at 11:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. at the Getty Villa. You can book a ticket to the Villa here.

Share Your Photos on Flickr
Upload your Getty garden photos to our Flickr group for others to enjoy; we’ll publish some on this blog next week, too. There are already some great wide-angle shots and glamorous close-ups courtesy of our talented group members.

Visit L.A.’s Public Gardens
Here are few more great destinations for National Public Gardens Day:

Descanso Gardens
150 acres of gardens, woodland, and chaparral.

1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011 | Map

9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. daily. Adults $8; students/seniors $6; children (5–12) $3.

Huntington Botanical Gardens
120 acres with 15,000 species.
1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, CA 91108 | Map
noon–4:30 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday; 10:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. on Saturday & Sunday; closed Tuesday. Adults $15 weekdays, $20 weekends; seniors $12 weekdays, $15 weekends; students $10; children (5–11) $6.

Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden
127 acres with a wide variety of gardens and botanic collections.

301 North Baldwin Avenue, Arcadia, CA 91007 | Map

9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. daily. Adults $8; students/seniors $6; children (5–12) $3.

Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden
86 acres boasting 70,000 California native plants.
1500 N. College Avenue, Claremont, CA 91711 | Map
8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. daily. Adults $8; students/seniors $6; children (3–12) $4.

South Coast Botanic Garden
87 acres with over 2,500 species.
26300 Crenshaw Boulevard, Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274 | Map
9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. daily. Adults $8; students/seniors $6; children (5–12) $3.

Also well worth a visit:

Conejo Valley Botanic Garden,
Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden,
Hannah Carter Japanese Garden,
Japanese Garden,
Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden at UCLA,
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden,
Theodore Payne Foundation,
Virginia Robinson Gardens,

Did we miss your favorite garden? Tell us below!

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  1. Posted May 6, 2010 at 10:52 am | Permalink

    Visitors to the Getty Villa should stop by the Self Realization Fellowship garden just about a mile away from the Villa. Its on the south side of Sunset Blvd about half a mile east of Pacific Coast Highway. A very interesting contrast to the formal, symmetrical Roman gardens at the Villa

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      Olympian Census #4: Aphrodite

      Get the stats on your favorite (and not-so-favorite) gods and goddesses on view at the Getty Center.

      Roman name: Venus

      Employment: Goddess of Love and Beauty

      Place of residence: Mount Olympus

      Parents: Born out of sea foam formed when Uranus’s castrated genitals were thrown into the ocean

      Marital status: Married to Hephaestus, the God of Blacksmiths, but had many lovers, both immortal and mortal

      Offspring: Aeneas, Cupid, Eros, Harmonia, Hermaphroditos, and more

      Symbol: Dove, swan, and roses

      Special talent: Being beautiful and sexy could never have been easier for this Greek goddess

      Highlights reel:

      • Zeus knew she was trouble when she walked in (Sorry, Taylor Swift) to Mount Olympus for the first time. So Zeus married Aphrodite to his son Hephaestus (Vulcan), forming the perfect “Beauty and the Beast” couple.
      • When Aphrodite and Persephone, the queen of the underworld, both fell in love with the beautiful mortal boy Adonis, Zeus gave Adonis the choice to live with one goddess for 1/3 of the year and the other for 2/3. Adonis chose to live with Aphrodite longer, only to die young.
      • Aphrodite offered Helen, the most beautiful mortal woman, to Paris, a Trojan prince, to win the Golden Apple from him over Hera and Athena. She just conveniently forgot the fact that Helen was already married. Oops. Hello, Trojan War!

      Olympian Census is a 12-part series profiling gods in art at the Getty Center.


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